Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, will open the city-region’s first five-day Digital City Festival, celebrating Manchester’s thriving digital sector.
The Digital City Festival, which centres on the Digital City Expo, will welcome delegates from marketing, tech, ecommerce and media and put a spotlight on the industry in the city over five days of events. Greater Manchester has ambitions to become one of Europe’s top digital city-regions.
Andy Burnham will open the five-day festival at an official launch on March 9th hosted at the offices of ecommerce retailer Nasty Gal in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, where he will speak about the region’s plans.
The Mayor will be joined by Jo Graham, CIO at Boohoo; Patrick Gormley, Capita Consulting Lead; and Martyn Collins, Festival Director of Digital City Festival.
Andy Burnham said:
It’s fantastic that Manchester has been chosen to host the first Digital City Festival. Events of this kind are key to delivering our ambition to be recognised as a world-leading digital city region and more importantly will unite the digital sector, create new partnerships and celebrate the people, businesses and organisations so instrumental to growing our influence on the world stage.”
While the launch event is by invitation only, registration for the two-day Digital City Expo is free and takes place on the 11th and 12th March. Keynote speakers include Social Chain’s Katy Leeson, the Co-op’s Chris Conway, and Google’s Natasha Kosoglov. Other events planned include the Digital City Awards
The Digital City Festival has been organised by Prolific North and Manchester events agency, Don’t Panic.
More information about events taking place as part of the Digital City Festival can be found on the festival’s website, including registration for the expo.